One year ago today we were breaking ground on a dusty, dry lot behind a parking area and garbage dumpster in a public health clinic compound. We had a plan to make food grow in this devastated forgotten space. We had some gardening knowledge, about 5000 Rand (450 US dollars), and a whole lot of hope and enthusiasm.
It's one year later and spring time has returned to Johanessburg. And this time, after a year of work and experimentation, we are ready to meet the South African summer with full confidence, piles of fertile soil, a year of gardening experience, and a truck full of donated organic vegetable seedlings.
A quick scan of the neighborhood surrounding our little project would leave you wondering how a community driven veggie project fits into the whole thing...or it makes your realize exactly WHY a community driven veggie garden fits in so well.
Through our veggie patch and connected soup kitchen we have managed to serve over 7800 meals to public health patients and connect with people of all ages.